August 01, 2017

Back to School Shopping!

So are you having a great summer? We all hope you've enjoyed yours as much as we have. It's nice to get caught up on all kinds of different projects, visit with friends and enjoy some down time isn't it?  

If some of that down time includes shopping, then perhaps you're thinking about what's needed for September.  No matter how old you are, it's hard to resist the temptation to buy new goodies this time of year!  The Grade Three teachers think kids of ALL ages (wink, wink) should get themselves a brand new pack of markers and spend the last few weeks sitting on a patio, with some iced-tea, some good music and just doodle away. Doesn't that sound like fun?  

If you are going into Grade Three at our wonderful school this year, then here are the things your teachers would like you to have so you are well prepared and ready for success:

First, let’s start with the stuff you’ll need:

  • a good set of pencil crayons (Crayolas/Rose-art are cheap, but they're not very good quality and tend break a lot, so we recommend you avoid those).
  • a set of good quality markers (in this case, Crayolas are great)
  • a good pencil sharpener with it's own case so you can sharpen your pencils at your desk and not make a mess
  • a good water bottle and be sure to label it!
  • indoor shoes that will stay at school in your locker -you need these for the first day of school
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex
  • one container of liquid soap
  • a good quality glue stick

Now for the items are not required and we ask that students not bring them to school:

  • binders (please don't bring them)
  • crayons (we no longer use crayons to colour in Grade 3)
  • notebooks, duotangs, folders
  • permanent markers such as "Sharpies"
  • a math set
  • a calculator
  • a lock for a locker

What's provided by your teachers and school:
  • duotangs
  • notebooks
  • pencils
  • ruler
  • eraser
  • paper

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and we can't wait to meet our new group of Grade Three students in September!

Feel free to post questions related to this "Back to School" post in the comment section.   

See you soon!

June 30, 2017

September Goals

If you have a child coming in to Grade Three this Fall, all Grade Three teachers ask that students can complete the following tasks on their own before the first day of school:  

  • spell their first and last name
  • know ALL their important phone numbers by heart
  • tie their shoes
  • spell, from memory the words on their "No Excuse" word list found here
  • identify when they've mixed up the letters b and d when writing 
  • count by twos, fives and tens to 100
  • know how to add and subtract single digit numbers 
  • memorize all their doubles addition facts such as (2+2, 3+3, etc. up to 11+11)
  • tell time to the hour   
Of course, there may be circumstances where achieving these goals may not be possible for some children. If this list is too much for your child, parents, we ask that you pick three or four goals for your child to work toward. Please keep in mind, the first four are the essential goals. 

The Grade Three teachers at our school are goal setters, and we believe in order for all students to be successful it's essential to always be working toward a specific target. In addition to the academic success that comes with achieving their learning goals, when we set goals, we teach children about the value of hard work and perseverance and we help them to develop and improve their self-confidence.   

June 28, 2017

Thank you

Your manners.
A sense of humour.
A kind heart. 

Way back in September, on the very first day of school, students learned about the three things they need to bring to school each day, and they never failed to fulfill this responsibility. 

My students are exceptionally polite, they have a great sense of humour and they are among the most compassionate students I've ever met.  

We've had a wonderful year together haven't we? It's been truly a pleasure to teach this group of children and I will treasure my time with them always.  

From making applesauce to the hundredth day of school, from math songs to rescuing a gummy worm from peril, we have shared in so many wonderful times.  We had lots and lots of Fun Fridays, but if we're being honest, everyday was fun, even when we were just reading together or simply getting to know each other.  

Have you seen the collection of Brag Tags the kids brought home last week?  Really look at those.  They speak to our year together. They speak to the reasons saying goodbye is so hard.  

Thank you to all the boys and girls in room 208 for being such a wonderful group of people to spend my day with. And parents, thank YOU for your positive interactions, your sense of humour and your kind heart.  It's been a pleasure working with you all and it is my sincere hope that our paths will cross again someday.  
Have a wonderful summer!  xoxo

June 23, 2017

Fun Friday!

We watched a favourite movie of mine this afternoon as part of our Fun Friday activity.  It's called, "Everyone's Hero" and it's full of positive messages.  I love how this movie encompasses themes we've talked about all year long. It's a great way to end the week and revisit so many of the important touchstones from our year together. 

These include: 
  • don't quit...ever!
  • advocate for yourself
  • sometimes things don't go our way 
  • we all need to be accountable 
  • include others 
  • make our community a better place 
  • no matter how good a person is at sport, skill, or activity, we all need to practice

I also love that this movie references Babe Ruth. We learned a lot about him back in the winter when we read "Swindle" by Gordon Korman.  

Just prior to watching the movie, I gave the kids some remaining resources I had ordered from the Dairy Board to support our review of non-fiction texts. You'll recall the boys and girls are writing their own non-fiction texts in the form of a brochure for a fantasy carnival.  

We had already explored a really great document called "The Plate Mate" a week or so ago as a kind of mentor text, and I was really pleased with how many of the text features and other curriculum expectations we've talked about where right there for the kids to identify in the booklet called "Facts on Snacks". I ended up recording this part of our lesson today and you can watch it below! 

Please also look for your child's Brag Tags, which came home today!  As you can see, everyone has achieved a great many milestones this year!  


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